What was the reason you became involved in the first place, Ada? I suspect it was the same as mine. You probably thought you could do something to benefit our fishing. Am I right?
If so, why did you pack it in? Again, I suspect it was for the same reasons as myself. You probably realised that fisheries managers had no intention of ever doing anything to benefit sea angling and that the whole thing was nothing more than a charade.
What I'm not sure of, is whether you also realised that the longer we keep talking and negotiating with these creeps, the more damage is being done to our fishing. If these people get their way, you won't recognise your beloved sport in a few years time. We will be regulated and managed beyond belief, and guess what, the fishing won't have improved as a result. The only thing our fisheries managers are capable of delivering is red tape. Better fishing is beyond their capabilities.
What grates with me is the fact that these "certain People" who claim to represent us haven't realised this yet and, therefore, don't appear to have even a basic grasp of what is going on. We know that they haven't been elected to represent the sea angling population. Neither are they qualified to do so. So what gives them the right to negotiate, on my behalf but without my permission, how, when and under what conditions I should be allowed to fish? The thought of Leon dictating how my fishing should be, makes me sick to the pit of my stomach.
If Leon seems to attract more flack than most, that's because he has put himself in that position. For some reason, he has decided that he knows better than everyone else and has to have a say in everything to do with the future of sea angling. No single person should have so much say in what goes on, especially someone who is not elected or qualified to do so. He simply has no right. No one does. I'm also sick of hearing how they are trying to secure the best "deal" for sea anglers. That's rubbish. If they wanted to do what's best for sea anglers they would forget their own political aspirations and put as much distance between sea angling and fisheries managers as possible.
You talk about democracy? Didn't the consultation on the RSA stragey tell our self appointed leaders anything? Sea anglers don't want it, yet they are still pushing it through. The difference is, any chance of opposition this time around will be kept to the minimum because it's all being done behind closed doors. Who knows what else they are pushing through at the moment? Whatever their plans are, with the way everything is being kept quiet, you can bet it won't be popular with the sea anglers they are misrepresenting.
I've been fishing since I was 3 years old and I'll be 46 in a few months time. I'm not prepared to sit back and watch a few misguided people and their very small, but vocal, band of followers ruin my fishing.
That must be a relief for you, all this off loaded, named name as well. Perhaps we can move forward now as we certainly have got the message. What with Leon retiring very shortly, also no one appears to be taking up the challenge, information from 'them' upstairs is going to be more difficult to come by in any event. Not sure if you are still writing for a mag as i gave up taking it, however as H A has said if your not in it you can't win it. So if you hate the idea of liazing with 'them' it puts you in a difficult position writing about things that are political. In addition you might even get fed the wrong information to pass on to us if the guys up 'there' have a sniff that you are anti and you are not joined at the hip as the saying goes. You state two things towards the end of your post, one is distance and the other is that your not going to sit back, perhaps you can give us a clue as to what you are going to do to make it right then.
The same as you from my point of view is i don't really need a political guy on me shoulder if i am twenty miles off somewhere, what can he do to make it better, obviously the answer is nothing, ziltch. Unless he is prepared to sink a lot of redundant ships and gas rigs. As i haven't seen any of that i'm of the opinion that, 'i only want to go fishing but they won't let me'. So do you ignore them hoping they will go away or what, you tell us.